Parking passes for 2021 available for purchase upon arrival at the event.

Livestock animal ownership dates

In order to be more consistent with statewide livestock exhibition ownership rules, the Ohio State Fair has listed animal ownership dates below:

The deadline to enter livestock exhibitions was June 20th, 2021. All entries are now closed with the exception of the Horse Show, which closed as of 1pm on July 7th, 2021. 

Market animals – 
  • Market beef – January 1
  • Market swine – May 26
  • Market lambs – May 26
  • Market goats – May 26
  • Dairy feeders – May 26
  • Market rabbits – June 1
  • Market poultry – within 5 days of hatch
Breeding animals – 
  • Breeding Beef – June 1 (DATE CHANGE!)
  • Breeding Swine – June 1
  • Breeding Sheep – June 1
  • Breeding Goats – June 1
  • Breeding Poultry – June 1
  • Breeding rabbits – June 1
  • Dairy Cattle – June 1

See the full livestock schedule here.

NEW THIS YEAR! Participate in the Ohio State Fair National Anthem singing contest to be one of three vocalists singing for the Grand Drive brought to you by Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau and/or the Sale of Champions. Learn more here and enter!

Livestock Competition Information

Farm Credit Mid-America

Online entry helpful hints

  1. All entries must be submitted online.
  2. Please allow time to complete the entry process, as the system will shut down at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 20. Entries will be locked automatically after midnight.
  3. Late entry fees will be charged ($75.00) beginning June 21st and late entries will be accepted through July 20th. Late entries must be emailed to Barb Prince, Entry Department ( Upon receipt of the email the entry department will make contact to secure credit card information. Please reference your department division for more details and to see if late entries are accepted.
  4. All junior livestock exhibitors must provide their date of birth. Date of birth is not required for open entries.
  5. Junior 4-H exhibitors must list the county in which the project is registered (in some cases, this is not the same as the county in which you live). You must list your county educator or extension agent as the contact to verify your entry, NOT your 4-H advisor.
  6. Junior FFA exhibitors must list the county in which the project is registered (in some cases, this is not the same as the county in which you live). You must list your FFA teacher/instructor as the contact to verify your entry.
  7. Breeding sheep entries may require additional supplemental forms to be submitted no later than July 20 (without penalty). These forms will be available online after June 20. They will not be required if the information was provided at the time of entry. You should enter the correct class at the time of entry. However, if you do not know the information for which sheep will be shown, that information can be updated in the supplemental form due July 20. 
  8. All junior exhibitors should include their shirt size.
  9. All market swine projects must be ractopamine free. Click here to learn more. All market swine exhibitors will be required to bring a completed copy of this affidavit with them.
  10. Reminder – All exhibitors who win more than $499 in premiums must use this link to visit the Ohio Supplier website. In the past, exhibitors were required to submit Vendor Information Forms and W-9 forms; this new process has been in place for the last couple of years. If not completed, your premium payment cannot be processed. If you have registered using the Ohio Supplier website in previous years and nothing has changed (such as your address or banking information), then it is not necessary to update this information or attempt to register again.




  • Heifer ownership must be June 1
  • No DNA submissions are required for crossbred heifers
  • Junior Fair females can only be shown ONE TIME (i.e cannot show a crossbred also as a breed)

Boer Goats


Dairy Cattle

Dairy Goats

Dairy goats will not be exhibited at the 2021 Ohio State Fair and will return in 2022.

Dog Show

Horse Show

Judging Teams

Information forthcoming.






Exhibitor Information and Supplemental Forms


Virtual Ohio Youth Skillathons


Open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18, this is a separate virtual event to allow broader participation in 2021. You do not have to exhibit a particular species to participate in that species Skillathon. Virtual Skillathon participation does not qualify a youth participant for outstanding market exhibitor awards. Registration for the Virtual Skillathons is due by June 14th, 2021.

View the Virtual Ohio Youth Skillatons PDF for more details and how to enter.

Competition Results

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Guests should attend only after evaluating their own health risks. Your entry onto the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair property constitutes your understanding of these risks, and you voluntarily assume such risks related to exposure to COVID-19. The Ohio Expositions Commission cannot be held liable if you contract COVID-19. Help protect yourself by following safety protocols, and state and local public health mandates.